The Historical Motor Museum in Miniature

What type of vehicles did our forefathers use in the 20s, 30s and 40s? How did vehicles evolve during the 20th century? Is the car my grandad drove in the museum? I am sure these questions spark your curiosity and I have no doubt you will find the answers to these questions when you vist our museum in Portomarin.

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The museum has an eminently pedagogic character.  More than 1000 model cars from different eras ( from 1881 to the present day) are on display.  We specially focus on classic and historic cars which can be very interesting,  not only for a newcomer in this matter, but the quality of the exhibits will make it equally worthy of the attention of any motor enthusiast.  Walking through the museum, you can appreciate the changes through time, the sensational designs of the 30s, the out of proportion design of the 50s, the restrained Russian cars of the 60s, microcars, buses, Formula 1 cars and not forgetting Rally cars.

Visiting the museum is a unique experience.  It is an exhibition that aims to transmit to generations the way these vehicles  have been able to open our minds towards different cultures and new horizons.   Both the history and development of the automobile from birth to here and now is exhibited here.  It is a centre which only seeks the preservation and diffusion of our automobile heritage.  A place where the model cars take us back in time, to maybe relive our childhood but more importantly it is a way of understanding the world of  different eras.

During the visit you will enjoy

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1/43 SCALE MODEL CARS
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SPECIAL MINI COLLECTION
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HANDMADE DIORAMAS

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DIORAMAS

Exact replicas of different cars showcased in typical everyday scenes. Here one can find cars, buses, vans, racing cars – all depicted in their respective era.

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DELIVERY VANS

Delivery vans became very popular around the 60s. It is amusing to see them, not only because of the advertsing painted on them, but, because we can be trasported back to our childhood.

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FORMULA 1 CARS

A small representation of some Formula 1 cars, not only the current ones, but, the “normal type vehicles” (improved) that were used for racing in the 20s and the “cigar type” cars that in the 30s and 40s won the GPs and, of course, the strange changes in the aerodynamics introduced in the 60s and 70s.

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TAXIS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

A small representation of the different types of taxis used in different countries around the world: from Tokyo to New York, New Delhi, London, Paris and Sao Paulo …. a worldwide tour guided by the most robust vehicles painted in the original colour of each country.

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RALLY CARS

Not only is there a collection of some of the rally cars that participated in the Spanish Championships or the Rally World Championships, but there is also a scaled model of a stretch of the Monte Carlo Rally where some of these cars drove.

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007 CARS

A collection of some of the James Bond (007) cars featured in the films .

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VINTAGE CARS

From the first horse drawn carriage with an engine to the spectacular 30s design ( true works of art worthy of being part of the most famous museums in the world), the stellar 50s design of the Americans, the most popular and attainable Eurpoean cars of the 60s and the colossal sports cars of the 70s … right up to designs of the present day and the concept car of the future.

VINTAGE BUSES

The typical vintage bus our grandparents used to catch to go to the market, go visit the big city or maybe even the style of bus used to emigrate to France or Germany. From the time of upper deck seating to the typical metropolitan buses used today in our cities.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT CARS

Here you will find various vehicles (both cars and vans) that at some time or other used to belong to various different police forces. The cars “most feared” (traffic police) when we saw them parked on the hard shoulder and we quickly checked our speedometer … to, of course, the “esteemed” ones when we need help.

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RACING CAR CIRCUIT

Perfect reproductions of cars specially designed for endurance or mountainous circuits, all driven by race car drivers like – Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme or Graham Hill.

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TINTIN CARS

A display of 79 different models that appear in the “Adventures of Tintin”. Why this display? Hergé was a car enthusiast and during his lifetime he came to own various sport cars.

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CLASSIC ADS

The exhibition is splashed with oldy advertisements appeared in newspapers and magazines. Surely some visitor will be taken back to the years of his youth when that “car” of the ad was an “unattainable desire”.

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VINTAGE LORRIES

Lorries from the 30s up to the 80s, many of which you may remember motoring on unpainted roads ( way before dual carriage ways appeared) and if you are too young to have such a memory, the museum is the perfect time and place to learn about them.

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OLD TRACTORS

The old tractors are especially striking because of the detail with which they were made. From the first models that came to Galicia in the late 50s and 60s to some more current.

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FIRE ENGINES

Fire engines from the 30s up to the 80s. Works of art for their design and conservation which are also very pleasing to the eye.

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24H LE MANS RACING CARS

“Cool rides” that competed in the famous endruance circuit “La Sarthe” from its beginning to the present day.

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MINI COLLECTION

Part of the museum is dedicated to this “Big/Little” car, not only in 1/43 scale but all different sizes.

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TOY TIN CARS

A great selection of toy tin cars, motorbikes and lorries, all typical of the time of our grandparents.

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MONTE CARLO RALLY DIORAMA

A stunning handmade diorama, 2 metres square, of the legendary roads in the Monte Carlo Rally.

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ROUTE PLANNERS AND RALLIES TO SUIT YOU

>If a club or group of car enthusiasts wish, >we can organise interesting route planners or rallies around the beautiful roads of Portomarin and its surroundings. Each participant would receive a route planner and at the end of the route a delicious meal in one of Portomarin’s restaurants where prizes would be handed out.

SENIOR OR SCHOOL VISITS

Here we want to adopt a more active, dynamic and lively role when showing our collection of cars.
 

We have tried to adapt part of our cultural offer to children through guided tours or workshops arranged in the morning, and also for senior citizens  who no doubt will remember seeing the cars on display motoring down our Spanish roads.

Sometimes, it can be difficult visiting a museum with children, when we often hear parents saying: “ don’t touch”“ speak quietly” “don’t run” … and thus the children lose interest and get bored … but a visit to our museum will be a rewarding and enriching experience for them.

REVIEWS

Araceli Gonzalez Garcia
Araceli Gonzalez Garcia
14:47 02 Mar 20
Muy buena experiencia!!menuda colección....
J C
J C
13:02 08 Dec 19
Muy ameno y curioso. Una gran opción para recordar y pasar un buen rato niños y mayores.
Jesus Cao
Jesus Cao
12:09 16 Nov 19
Excelente museo sobre la historia de la automoción en general. Para pasar una buena tarde recordando con niños y... mayoresread more
sKao
sKao
21:05 26 Aug 19
Si llegas a Portomarín y no sabes que hacer puedes conocer el Museo de la Historia de Automoción de Coches Clásicos... en Miniatura. Exposición ordenada por años, con muchos detalles que no os podéis perder. Explicaciones muy logradas!!!.read more
Vanesa
Vanesa
20:53 26 Aug 19
El domingo la visité con nuestro hijo pequeño y le encantó. Especialmente el poblado navideño y la recreación del... rally. Personal atento, explicaciones dinámicas y apto para todas las edades. Merece la pena visitarlo.read more
marnuca
marnuca
13:19 26 Aug 19
La dirección exacta es calle Diputación 2 Local 3 , dentro del Centro Comercial El Mercado, justo detrás del... Ayuntamiento, a 20m. El Museo es original, dinámico, común montón de anécdotas y vídeos súper chulos!! Muy recomendable. También me encantó la decoración vintage ....ideal. El Personal sabe un montón!!! Y es majiiiiiiiisimo!!!read more
Juan Luis Nuñez
Juan Luis Nuñez
12:39 26 Aug 19
Excelente lugar para visitar y pasar un rato agradable. Centenares de coches, camiones y autobuses en miniatura, asi... como diversos dioramas.. todo relacionado con el mundo del motor. No dejeis de visitarlo cuando vayas a Portomarin. Entrada 3€ adultos y 2€ niños. Merece la pena, sobre todo por el gran esfuerzo de sus promotores. Está dentro del Mercado Municipal, local 3read more
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TICKET PRICES

ADULTS

3€

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CHILDREN
PENSIONERS
GROUPS
PEOPLE REQUIRING ASSISTANCE

Children under 9 years

Pensioners over 65 years

Groups of more than 10 people

2€

Museo de miniaturas y coches a escala en Portomarin Lugo

CONTACT DETAILS

CC El Mercado, Rúa Deputación 2
27170 Portomarín, LUGO

Summer opening hours (monday to sunday):
April to October from 16.30 to 20.30
Winter opening hours (Saturdays, sundays and holidays):
November to March from 11.30 to 14.30

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